Saturday, April 28, 2012

WIA May Meeting & Newsletter

Our May meeting will be held Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:45 PM at Harbel.  We will be discussing plans to put in a car wash at the BP Gas station at Harford Rd & Ailsa Ave. 

A copy the may newsletter is below linked to below:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/91632205/Waltherson-May-2012-Newsletter

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

BMZA hearing for Car Wash at BP Station


A BMZA hearing for 5000 Harford Road in Lauraville has been scheduled for May 1st, 2012. This is an existing BP gasoline service station and convenience store. The owner wishes to add a car wash as an accessory use to his/her operations.
 
This property is zoned B-3-1. In the B-3-1 zoning district, car washes are a conditional use requiring BMZA approval. This property is also located within the boundaries of the Lauraville Business District Urban Renewal Area, which may further restrict bulk and uses for this property.
 
BMZA hearings are held in Room 215, City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street.  If you wish to put your comments in writing, you may fax them to (410-625-8422), mail them or email them to:
 
                                                Mr. David C. Tanner
                                                Executive Director
                                                Board of Municipal & Zoning Appeals
                                                14th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street
                                                Baltimore, MD  21202
                                                david.tanner@baltimorecity.gov
 
The appeal notice is attached below, and you can access the application on the Baltimore Housing website here: http://cels.baltimorehousing.org/TMPD/BMZ2012-00123_1.PDF

Waltherson Community Meeting Minutes 4/4/12


Waltherson Improvement Association
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
HARBEL Community Organization
7:45pm
Helene Quinn – chaired meeting
Everly Brown – note taker
23 in attendance

New Business:
1.       Faith Community Church – wants to have a Brownie troop clean and spray storm drains with eco-friendly paint.
2.       Liam Davis – liaison for Council President Young, addressed the concern over city water bills.  The City is actively working to correct the problem, but it will take a few years.  The good news is that what replaces the old system will be state of the art.  The goal is to have zero estimated water bills.  There was a compromise between Mayor Rawlings-Black and City Council President Young so that no house is in danger of a tax lien if their water bills have been estimated.

President’s Cup baseball tournament – for high school students from all city (public & private schools).  This is the 2nd year for the tournament. 

Growing the Game fundraiser – to support renovation and maintenance of sport fields.  Raised over $160,000 so far ($83,000 was a gift from the Orioles).  Have targeted two parks for improvement as a start.
3.       WIA vote -  Association voted to send a letter in support of the neighbors of Visions Catering stating that we do not support a zoning variance.

Old Business:
1.       Post Office at Harford & Southern - Helene passed out a petition to keep the branch open.  She and Nan will go door to door to raise awareness.
2.       Visions Catering – 5503 Richard Avenue.  WIA Board and neighbors of Visions met to hear their concerns.  The neighbors expressed concern about noise, music, overcrowding, crime, litter, selling liquor without a license, and adult entertainment.

Glenham Belhar meeting tonight will vote on supporting a zoning variance at Visions to allow it to operate as a banquet hall (it has been doing so without the variance).  The Hamilton Hills neighborhood association is against allowing the variance.  Local businesses have not weighed in.
Crime Report:
Between March 3, 2012 & April 3, 2012 there were 9 “part one” crimes (1 robbery, 1 aggravated assault, 7 larcenies).
·         Royal Farms shooting – police have a good description of the suspect and his vehicle.
·         3300 Moravia – elderly woman assaulted.  Have a description of the suspect.  It took place in the middle of the day and was a “crime of opportunity.”
·         Idaho Ave (Gardenville) murder.  An argument started in Cherry Hill. The perpetrator came to the victim’s house and shot and killed him there.
·         Mary Ave – drug bust.  Citizen gave good information to the Baltimore City Police.  They had enough information to allow a search & seizure.
·         Baltimore City Police have Orioles tickets to sell to support their Explorers program.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx remind citizens that Baltimore City’s Household Hazardous Waste monthly collection events will start this month at the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street.

These events provide an opportunity for Baltimore City residents ONLY to dispose of hazardous household materials such as oil-based paints, pesticides, herbicides, car and household batteries, drain cleaners, gasoline, pool chemicals and many other items. (Latex paint is NOT hazardous waste; it can be dried up and the cans put out for regular trash collection.) Businesses and private haulers must contract with a certified vendor to dispose of hazardous waste.

Residents must show proof of city residency, e.g. a driver's license, telephone bill or tax bill, before they can drop off any hazardous items. Residents must also be able to identify the material. Materials that will not be collected as household hazardous waste include trash, asbestos, ammunition, fire extinguishers, industrial and medical wastes, and radioactive materials, including smoke alarms with a radioactive symbol.

Residents can take these items to the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center on the last Friday and Saturday of every month from April through November. 

April 27 & 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 25 & 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 29 & 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 27 & 28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 24 & 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
September 28 & 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
October 26 & 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
November 23 & 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.